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Alternative S&S Exercise
Shift & Share Exercise:
The purpose of this assignment is to gain some additional understanding of regional structural (compositional) phenomena, more specifically of the components of regional economic change and the role of information-intensive activities (or activities related to your topical focus) in such change.
Elsewhere, you find a table entitled Shift and Share Analysis for Holukuluku 1985-1995 and a Microsoft-Excel Spreadsheet version and explanation of this table. The exercise consists of replacing the hypothetical example by a table with appropriate, relatively recent "real" data (for two points in time between 5 and 10 years apart) for your county which establish a foundation for shift/share-analytical interpretations of some (e.g.information/ communications- related) facet in YOUR TOPICAL AREA OF INTEREST & SPECIALIZATION. You may want to use either Washington State or the U.S. as a benchmark region. Please expand the number of components (industries/ activities) from four to at least five which should add up to a meaningful total (=100%).
Most of you have selected a topical area of interest already for the calculation and interpretation of your county's Location Quotient(s). Before you now commit yourself to a particular data set, be sure that you will be able to make sense out of the results (from the point of view of the objectives of shift and share analysis) and can write an appropriate interpretative statement.
The exercise should consist of:
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